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What does Mac mean?

Mac Pronunciation of Mac [mac] as a boys' name is pronounced mak. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Mac is "son of". Scottish and Irish surname prefix used as a given name or nickname. Mack is an ancient Scottish given name. See also Mackenzie, Maxwell, and Mc-.

Associated with: gaelic, scottish, surname, ancient (old).


Mac has 4 variants: Mack, Mackey, Mackie and Macklin.

Related boy names: Maximilian and Maximus.

2 more alternative forms via Mackenzie, Maxwell, Mc-: Mccoy and Mckay.

Creative forms:
(male) Mad, Mic, ..

(female) Mami, Mava, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mac Benaiah (M.B.), ..

How popular is Mac?

Mac is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#979 out of 1220, Top 80%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#14664 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Mac reached its peak position of #493 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is currently at #1096. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mac name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mac outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Mac (#1096 in recent rankings) are Mack (#661 in recent rankings), Mackenzie, Mackie, Macklin (#1728), Maximilian (#437), Maximus (#197), Maxwell (#113), Mccoy (#1050) and Mckay. These relations of Mac were favored by parents in 2015 (adoption of 0.37%), except for forms like Mackenzie which have become less in vogue. Maximilian, Maximus and Maxwell are three of the more chic birth names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mac, Mack, Mackenzie, Mackie, Macklin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maximilian, Maximus, Maxwell, Mccoy, Mckay in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mackenzie, Maximilian, Maxwell outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mac is alike in pronunciation to Maik, Mick, Mike and Myke. Other recommended names are Mace, Macy, Man, Mar, Marc, Mat and Max. These names tend to be less frequently used than Mac.

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